Woodward Football Feature – Presented by Great Plains Bank

Woodward Boomers

Coach: RICK LEUTJEN

Schedule:
9-6 – at Clinton

9-13 – vs. Elk City

9-20 – at Weatherford

9-27 – vs. Lawton Ike

10-4 – vs. Bishop McGuinness

10-11 – at Guthrie

10-18 – at Northwest Classen

10-25 – vs. Carl Albert

11-1 – at Guymon

11-8 – vs. Piedmont

Quick Hits:

Woodward running back Daniel Fraire rushed for 140 yards of 15 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 42-18 win over Lawton Ike. 

The Woodward-Guymon series was unbroken from 1953 to 1991. The two western Oklahoma outposts have met 52 times on the gridiron since 1953. Woodward has won seven in a row and scored at least 39 points in each of those wins. 

The Boomers will look to break a nine game losing streak to Guthrie when the teams meet at Jelsma Stadium on October 11th. The Blue Jays have won 16 of the 30 all time meetings.

 

Last 6 Years:
2018 – 4-6

2017 – 3-7 

2016 – 4-6

2015 – 4-6 

2014 – 4-6

2013 – 8-4

OFFENSE

Good players make successful coaches and good coaches make even better players. Such is the case for the Boomers who welcome veteran coach Rick Leutjen to the sidelines at Woodward after spending the past 10 seasons at Hennessey. The offensive unit returns eight starters to the lineup to execute Leutjen’s version of the pro one-back and spread formations, anchored by senior leadership of Parker Pruett (5-8, 160, Sr.), who enters the huddle for the third year at quarterback. The Boomers have size and experience up front, including starting center Dalton Baggs (6-0, 320, Sr.) joining tackles Trystan Hammontree (6-1, 310, Sr.) and Anthony Stinnett (6-0, 275, Sr.). The Boomers run game has experience as Daniel Fraire (5-10, 180, Sr.) returns after averaging 6.4 yards per carry last season. Pruett will have familiar receiver targets to throw to, including slotback Drake Parker (5-10, 180, Sr.), tight end DW Moffitt (6-1, 210, Sr.) and wide receiver Matt Ogden (5-8, 165, Sr.). “We’re definitely big up front and return five linemen with some starting experience,” Leutjen said. “With seniors taking a leading role, the kids are picking up the new system very quick.” 

DEFENSE

The defensive unit is adjusting to learning assignments in the 3-3-5 formation that allows the Boomers to maximize the results of their personnel. “We should be pretty balanced on all three levels with some experience returning in each area,” Leutjen said. “Our talented skill kids should keep us solid in the secondary and the three-man front allows us to rotate the big men to maintain pressure on the front line.” Among the four starters back in black for the Boomers is Trystan Hammontree, who 

returns to his defensive tackle position to anchor the line of scrimmage. Drake Parker and Matt Ogden join forces with Nash Hunter (5-10, 215, So.) at linebacker. After a season-opening road trip to Clinton, the Boomers get the chance to impress their fans with three of their next four contests at home, including District 5A-2 opponents Lawton Ike and McGuiness.  “These kids are hooked up and committed to getting Woodward football back to the forefront,” Leutjen said following a summer camp experience with his team. “With the talent and leadership of this year’s senior class, I think we can be competitive and play for a chance to make the playoffs.”